While Washington media were focusing on President Barack Obama meeting in the White House for two hours Friday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to discuss ways to work together in efforts to stop the al-Qaida threat, the president issued an executive order --- missed by many editors --- directing a government-wide effort to boost regional preparation for global warming’s impact, noted Grumpy Editor.
The action came just before an unusual meteorological weekend in the U.S. that brought a mix of snow and rain across the Great Lakes to northern New England along with a series of winter storms moving through the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies accompanied by strong winds and heavy snow at higher elevations.
With this, and snubbed by (usually weather-conscious) media, was that daily high temperatures late last week in places like Chicago and Detroit were running up to a cool 15 degrees below average.
Obama’s action, as reported by Dave Boyer in The Washington Times, orders federal agencies to work with states to build “resilience” against major storms and other weather extremes.
Boyer said the order declared: “The impacts of climate change --- including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification and sea-level rise --- are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies and public health across the nation. The federal government must build on recent progress and pursue new strategies to improve the nation’s preparedness and resilience.”
Meanwhile, some newspapers yesterday carried an Associated Press story previewing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report next March that will indicate “how global warming already is affecting the way people live and what will happen in the future, including a worldwide drop in income.”
While the spotlight was on “warming,” the word cold was absent in the story.
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